The Allocation of Costs and Distribution of Benefits: Offsite Mitigation on the Yakima River, Washington
Proceedings of the Symposium on Small Hydropower and Fisheries
American Fisheries Society
The Yakima River represents a classic case of an important fishery decimated as a result of an accumulation of hydroelectric and irrigation dams. But it also presents an opportunity for restoration of the fishery resource. This paper describes the cooperative efforts of state, local, and federal agencies to restore the fishery resource in the Yakima River and to achieve offsite mitigation for construction of multipurpose facilities on the mainstem of the Columbia River. This paper discusses the financing mechanisms which made these efforts possible and their potential application for further fisheries mitigation activities throughout the Pacific Northwest.